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BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say an investigation into a fire that caused substantial damage to the Bisbee City Hall found no evidence of arson or other criminal activity. Cochise County Sheriff's officials say the Oct. 11 fire started on the second floor of City Hall in an area containing an office being used as storage during a renovation project. Authorities say older wiring systems can't be ruled out as a cause for the fire due to the internal collapse of the structure.

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Huachuca City's fire chief is accused of felony theft and trafficking in stolen property. Sierra Vista police say 54-year-old Jon Allmon was arrested Monday night after officers executed a search warrant at his home as part of an investigation into fraudulent bank checks. Police say 11 forged checks were deposited into a bank account that belongs to Allmon over a seven-day period and the money was immediately withdrawn by him at ATMs.

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed a former Republican lawmaker to an open seat on the state commission that regulates utilities. Ducey on Tuesday named Justin Olson to the seat vacated by Doug Little.

PHOENIX (AP) - A man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 1993 death of a Mesa woman who was bound and shot in her apartment. Maricopa County prosecutors say 64-year-old Raymond Hanley was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted last month of first-degree murder, arson, burglary and kidnapping. Mesa firefighters found the body of 40-year-old Debra Kay Shipton in the master bedroom of her apartment. The fire started on the balcony of the apartment and showed signs of arson.

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